verb (used with object), re·leased, re·leas·ing.
- the surrender of a right or the like to another.
- a document embodying such a surrender.
- a control mechanism for starting or stopping a machine, especially by removing some restrictive apparatus.
- the opening of an exhaust port or valve at or near the working stroke of an engine so that the working fluid can be exhausted on the return stroke.
- the point in the stroke of an engine at which the exhaust port or valve is opened.
- relay fast,
- relay language,
- relay race,
- release copy,
- release date,
- release print,
- release therapy,
- released time
Origin of release
verb (used with object), re-leased, re-leas·ing.
Origin of re-lease
Examples from the Web for release
Rashad was there to celebrate the release of the Civil Rights drama Selma.
The United States government might not release that information for years, if ever.
On his eighth try, more than three decades after he went in, the parole board finally voted to release Sam.
The “nature of the crime” was too serious to release him, they said.
And so, he says he left prison without proper ID, just his release papers and the “dress-out gear” he was given by the state.
To release them was easy, and the next second her hands were on his shoulders, her brave eyes raised to him.Mistress Wilding|Rafael Sabatini
Upon his release, he returned to Pittsburgh, determined to kill Hopkins.Prison Memoirs of an Anarchist|Alexander Berkman
Amid the stentorian rampage none could hear their cries for aid, none could see their struggles for release.South Africa and the Transvaal War, Vol. V (of VI)|Louis Creswicke
He has gripped his master's shoulders to make him release his hold upon the girl's arm.Franz Hals|Edgcumbe Staley
He sat down by the bedside to wait until it pleased her to release him.No Name|Wilkie Collins
- the opening of the exhaust valve of a steam engine near the end of the piston stroke
- the moment at which this valve opens
Word Origin for release
c.1300, "to withdraw, revoke (a decree, etc.), cancel, lift; remit," from Old French relaissier, relesser "to relinquish, quit, let go, leave behind, abandon, acquit," variant of relacher "release, relax," from Latin relaxare "loosen, stretch out" (see relax). Cf. Spanish relajar, Italian relassare.
Meaning "alleviate, ease" is mid-14c., as is sense of "free from (duty, etc.); exonerate." From late 14c. as "grant remission, forgive; set free from imprisonment, military service, etc." Also "give up, relinquish, surrender." In law, c.1400, "to grant a release of property." Of press reports, attested from 1904; of motion pictures, from 1912; of music recordings, from 1962. As a euphemism for "to dismiss, fire from a job" it is attested in American English since 1904. Related: Released; releasing.
early 14c., "abatement of distress; means of deliverance," from Old French relais, reles (12c.), a back-formation from relesser, relaissier (see release (v.)). In law, mid-14c., "transferring of property or a right to another;" late 14c. as "release from an obligation; remission of a duty, tribute, etc." Meaning "act and manner of releasing" (a bow, etc.) is from 1871. Sense of "action of publication" is from 1907.